“Mike Rothstein of ESPN.com wrote an intriguing story on Michigan’s recruiting system on Monday. They way they do things is a bit odd. All of their assistants evaluate and recruit all of their targets. They have a scoring system that they refuse to divulge. They’d rather recruit players that aren’t ranked all that highly than the guys that every scouting service loves. They won’t offer a player a scholarship until they’ve taken an unofficial visit to the school, until head coach John Beilein has seen them play in person and until June 15th after their sophomore season.”
“The University of Michigan men’s basketball team has promoted Pete Kahler to director of basketball operations and C.J. Lee to director of program personnel.
Kahler, a 29-year-old Xavier graduate, spent the past three seasons as video analyst for the Wolverines, while Lee, 27, spent three seasons as administrative specialist. Lee played for ther Wolverines from 2006-09 and was co-captain his senior season.”
“Louisiana-Lafayette’s Elfrid Payton wasn’t on USA Basketball’s radar as recently as a few weeks ago when Ragin Cajuns coach Bob Marlin dialed Billy Donovan and urged him to consider inviting the 6-foot-3 rising junior to tryouts.
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“I told him, ‘I don’t sell my guys but Elfrid is really good and might be able to help,’” Marlin said. “I told him he could call Richard Pitino or Tom Izzo because Elfrid really played well against both their teams. He said, ‘I don’t need to call those guys. You and I have known each other a long time. If you say he’s good enough, he’s good enough.’”